Tea and Tinsel at Chy Noweth

Seven of us had a wonderful time yesterday afternoon at Chy Noweth at ‘Tea & Tinsel’.



There was a Christmas-themed quiz and some delicious refreshments. After we were all full, there was some hysterically funny entertainment involving some dodgy elf ears.

Sue, Mary and Val were very serious about their quiz.
Sue, Mary and Val were very serious about their quiz.

And, to top it all off, we had a visit from Father Christmas himself, who brought a present for each of us. He seemed to take a real shine to County Chair Barbara Corbett!


It was such a jolly afternoon and put us all in the mood for Christmas! Thanks to the Board of Trustees for entertaining us all so well.

Sugarcraft workshop with Gill

Yesterday, nine of us had a fantastic day learning some sugarcrafting skills with Gill O’Connor.

Gill led the group in making sugar past Christmas cake decorations, and the results were quite brilliant!


The ladies were energised by Pat’s homemade mince pies and, later on, with lemon curd cake.


Gail Allen, who participated (and who was kind enough to take some photos for us) says that everyone had a fabulous day. Thanks to Gill for her time and talent, and to Val P for arranging the day.

Christmas Lunch in St Ives

On Monday we celebrated Christmas in style with a wonderful lunch at the St Ives Harbour Hotel.


We all arrived by bus or train …

Sue and Lis on the train
Sue and Lis on the train

and made ourselves comfortable in the bar before lunch.

Mary, Sally and Joy
Mary, Sally and Joy

At lunch, the usual hilarity ensued and a happy and noisy time was had by all!

Pam and Pat
Pam and Pat

We’re very sorry for those of you who weren’t able to be there because of work commitments. But next year our Christmas meal will be in the evening, so you won’t miss out!

Liz and Gill
Liz and Gill

Click here to see more photos of our lunch. Thank you to Helen, Joy, Polly, Sue and Wendy for all the photos.

Christmas Floral Arts with Shirley!

Ten of us had a thoroughly enjoyable day making Christmas decorations led by Shirley Battle.

We each made a ring – some of which will hang outside as wreaths and some which will be table centres. We also made an arrangement incorporating a candle and a third arrangement made over the top of a glass container with decorations inside.

Shirley demonstrated each one and then we were let loose to do our own. At the end of the day we had three tables containing 30 different Christmas decorations!

Wreath-making with Shirley_December 2014


It was a very relaxing day with the usual chatter and cups of coffee to help us on our way.

Thank you so much to Shirley for providing such good instruction and to Lis for organising the day.

The day we went to Ex’ter

Twenty-eight Crowlas & Ludgvan WI members and friends travelled to Exeter last Thursday for some Christmas cheer and retail therapy.

The weather was mostly kind, despite some heavy rain in the early afternoon. Serendipity played a part; some members met old friends by chance and lunched with them; others of us had a clearly mapped-out plan which included (surprise, surprise) a visit to John Lewis. I think all of us strolled around the Christmas Market, held on the Cathedral Green. On offer were saucissons from France and bratwurst from Germany, pastries, mulled wine and crafts ranging from ironwork, woodwork and leatherwork to beads and candles.


Visits were paid to the library and the Cathedral itself, these provided a welcome physical respite as well as a bit of mental stimulation!


After a late afternoon departure from Exeter, we had a speedy journey home, thanks to Robin Tweed, our able driver.

It was a splendid day. “Didn’t we have a lovely time, the day we went to Ex’ter?” Although there was no cuddling with Jack on the way back and cider consumption just didn’t happen – we are the WI, after all!

Wyevale Christmas market

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who helped with our stall at Wyevale’s Christmas market on Saturday. From people who baked, sewed and crafted to those who worked on the stall – we all pulled together as we always do!


I’m pleased to report that we raised a total of £151.55 for Crowlas & Ludgvan WI. That money will be put to very good use in splurging a bit on some top-notch speakers over the next couple of years, so we all benefit.


Click here to see more pictures of our stall and some of the shenanigans our members got up to at the garden centre!

Thanks again, everyone!

Operation Christmas Child

This Christmas, why not brighten the life of a needy child?


Samaritan’s Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’ project has been delivering shoeboxes full of presents to children all over the world since 1990. More than 113 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have benefited from this wonderful programme.

To participate, follow these simple steps:

  1. Wrap a shoebox and its lid separately.
  2. Decide if your gift is for a boy or a girl and select an age category (2-4, 5-9 or 10-14). Print the appropriate label by clicking here. Mark the correct age category and affix the label to the top of your shoebox.
  3. And now for the fun part: Fill your box with a variety of new gifts! Gifts may include toys (items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy trucks, stuffed animals (with CE label), harmonicas, yo-yos, skipping ropes, balls, small puzzles etc.); school supplies (pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks and paper, solar calculators, colouring and picture books etc.; Hygiene items (toothbrush and toothpaste, bar of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel; or other miscellaneous items (hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind up torch, wrapped sweets with a sell-by date must be at least March of the following year). You can also enclose a note or greetings card to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. Do not include used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives; chocolate or other food items; liquids or lotions of any type including bubbles; medicines; hand made or knitted stuffed toys; anything of a political, racial or religious nature; marbles or sharp objects; glass containers, mirrors or fragile items; or clothing, other than as listed above.
  4. Please include a £3 donation per shoebox to cover the cost of UK transportation and overseas shipping. You can either make your donation online by clicking here (scroll down to where it says Operation Christmas Child), or else you can write a cheque made payable to Samaritan’s Purse and put it in an envelope inside your shoebox, then secure the box with an elastic band. If you make more than one shoebox, just write one cheque to cover all your shoebox donations and put it inside one of the boxes.


Completed shoeboxes may be taken to designated drop-off point between 1 November and 18 November. The list of drop-off points will be listed on the Samaritan’s Purse website after 1 October.

For more information, you can see a full explanatory leaflet here.

Christmas meal at Penventon

By all accounts, our Christmas evening meal at Penventon was a huge success. The food was delicious and, of course, the company was beyond compare.


Thanks to Joy for capturing the festive atmosphere so well in her photographs. For a few more photos, click here.

Crowlas & Ludgvan W.I. wishes all our members and their friends and families a most happy Christmas. If you’re travelling over the next week, please be safe. We’ll see you all in January!

Useful information about Christmas & New Year rubbish and recycling collections

Xmas_boy with blue box and can_mJust for your information, we thought we’d pass on Cornwall Council’s holiday schedule for collecting rubbish and recycling.

For a summary of dates, click here.

Rubbish collections will be suspended on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Residents will receive a double collection the following week.

Recycling collections will not take place on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. If your collection is due on either of these days, it will be collected on Saturday 28 December.

Garden waste collections will not take place on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. If your collection is due on either of these days, it will be collected on Saturday 28 December.

Christmas trees
Real Christmas trees will only be collected on weeks commencing 6 January and 13 January. Place your tree out for collection on your rubbish collection day, on the alternate week to your recycling collection. The trees will be collected for free, then shredded and composted.

Other Christmas Questions

Christmas cards
There are a number of charity collections for Christmas cards, but if you wish to dispose of them using the kerbside recycling collection, they should be placed in the cardboard sack.

White envelopes should go in the paper sack; coloured or brown envelopes should go with the cardboard.

Wrapping paper
We can accept most wrapping paper but shiny paper is difficult to recycle as the water in the paper mills cannot penetrate the fibres. So if paper is coated with foil or plastic, we cannot take it. Please put all non-shiny paper in the paper sack and remove all sticky take, string and ribbons.

Over Christmas there are a lot of extra cardboard boxes. The boxes should be flattened and put into the orange cardboard bag. If the boxes are too big, flat pack them, tie them in a bundle and put them out next to your recycling. If you have very large amounts of cardboard, you can either take it to the household waste and recycling centres or put it out for the kerbside collection over a couple of weeks.

Chocolate and biscuit tins
You can put chocolate and biscuit tins out for recycling in the sack for plastic bottles and cans. We can only accept metal sweet and biscuit tins; we cannot take plastic tubs.

Additonal recycling
If you have more kerbside recycling than usual, please put it out in carrier bags. Please be extra careful with glass bottles and place out for collection in a rigid box.

Household waste and recycling centres
The sites will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The normal site opening times are 9am to 4pm.

The holly and the ivy …

This morning, the Murley Hall was nearly buried under a pile of delicious-smelling pine, holly, ivy, rosemary, bay and so much more!

Shirley led us, first by demonstrating her amazing eye for floral arrangements, whipping up a stunning display in a matter of minutes, and then by patiently helping us create our own masterpieces.

Aided by Lis’s endless supply of cake and mince pies, we all worked quietly and companiably, with only the occasional burst of a Christmas carol from ‘the naughty corner.’

Sue, Gail and Kathy

By the end of the day, we went home with gorgeous Christmas wreaths and arrangements, surpassing all of our expectations.


See some more photos of the day, including some of our wreaths, by clicking here.